CROWLEY POLICE HAVE MADE AN ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH A SHOOTING EARLIER THIS MONTH AT A GRADUATION PARTY. TWO PEOPLE WERE SHOT AT THE PARTY, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE EIGHT HUNDRED BLOCK OF WEST SECOND STREET, BUT THEIR INJURIES WERE NOT LIFE-THREATENING. GERALD J. ROBINSON, WHO GOES BY THE NICKNAME, LITTLE G, WAS ARRESTED ON ONE COUNT OF ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHOOTING, CALL ACADIA PARISH CRIME STOPPERS AT 789-TIPS.
FOR THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT FLOODING WITH THE UPCOMING STORMS, LAFAYETTE PARISH IS OFFERING SANDBAGS. CAROLINE MARCELLO HAS MORE.
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THE ACADIA PARISH BARNS IN BRANCH, CROWLEY AND IOTA WILL BE OPEN FROM SIX-THIRTY A-M TO THREE P-M TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR RESIDENTS TO BAG THEIR OWN SAND. THE SAND AND BAGS WILL BE PROVIDED.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments at the end of July in exchange for a long-term, modest boost to the state’s jobless benefits. The governor’s office announced Wednesday that Edwards signed the bill. Republican state lawmakers agreed to support a $28 increase in Louisiana’s maximum weekly unemployment benefits starting in January. That would increase the payment to a maximum of $275 a week, but they added a provision into the legislation that only allowed the benefit hike to take effect if the Democratic governor ended the $300 supplemental federal pandemic unemployment benefit by July 31, earlier than the Sept. 6 expiration.
IT WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT FEMA IS AWARDING FORTY-ONE-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS FOR HURRICANE LAURA RECOVERY EFFORTS. THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IS GETTING TWENTY-SEVEN-POINT-ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN REIMBURSEMENTS. FEMA IS REIMBURSING THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SEVEN POINT-FOUR MILLION FOR EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE MEASURES. THE JEFF DAVIS PARISH POLICE JURY WILL RECEIVE NEARLY FOUR-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS AS REIMBURSEMENT FOR THEIR DEBRIS REMOVAL OPERATIONS.
PORT BARRE POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED A SUSPECT IN A JUNE EIGHTH SHOOTING ON OSAGE STREET AND HAVE OBTAINED AN ARREST WARRANT. EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD JAMARCUS JAMAAL HARDY OF PORT BARRE IS WANTED ON A CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER. ON THE EVENING OF JUNE EIGHTH, TWO JUVENILES GOT INTO A FIGHT WHEN A THIRD PERSON FIRED SHOTS. THE SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD VICTIM AND THE SUSPECT BOTH FLED THE SCENE BEFORE POLICE ARRIVED.
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY, WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING, WAS FOUND DROWNED AT A HOTEL SWIMMING POOL IN LAFAYETTE. POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE HOTEL AT TEN-FIFTY MONDAY NIGHT AND THEY DID A ROOM BY ROOM SEARCH FOR THE CHILD. POLICE SPOKESPERSON CAPTAIN BRIDGETTE DUGAS SAYS POLICE THEN SEARCHED THE POOL AREA AND THEY FOUND THE BOY IN THE POOL. DUGAS SAYS THEY ARE INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT AS AN ACCIDENTAL DROWNING.
Both Republican and Democratic senators are pressing Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for answers after a federal court blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. The ruling by a Louisiana judge Tuesday came after President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation’s vast public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. Haaland said the department is reviewing the judge’s ruling and consulting with the Justice Department. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told Haaland she expects to hear her plans to resume the lease sales.
THE TOWN OF MAMOU WILL RECEIVE A FIVE MILLION DOLLAR LOAN FROM THE STATE TO IMPROVE THEIR DRINKING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO CREATE TWO NEW GROUNDWATER WELLS, A NEW WATER TREATMENT FACILITY WITH FILTERS AND SOFTENERS, A NEW GROUND STORAGE TANK, NEW WATER METERS, AND MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND LINERAR FEET OF NEW PIPELINE. CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE BEEN PAYING A FLAT TWENTY-TWO DOLLAR FEE PER MONTH FOR WATER, WILL INSTEAD BE CHARGED ACCORDING TO THEIR WATER USAGE. MAYOR RICKY FONTENOT SAYS THEY ARE LONG OVERDUE IN CORRECTING THE TOWN’S WATER PROBLEMS.